This November, a brand new kebab concept has opened in the Northern Quarter, driven by the team behind brunch favourite The Pen & Pencil.
BAB will be a quality, grown-up kebab concept, serving the grilled meat favourite in an all-day, 60-cover restaurant with an open chargrill kitchen. The ground floor venue, just off Stevenson Square, is now open.
BAB will be known for its fresh, flavourful, creative kebabs; there will be homemade marinades sauces and even homemade iced teas, while all ingredients will be locally-sourced and menus updated regularly to keep things interesting.
BAB will be open for comfortable, casual dining seven days a week, from midday to 10pm: serving up quality food by a passionate team in a relaxed environment with open-plan kitchen.
The menu will include both kebabs, and non-babs, as well as a selection of meze which can be shared by the table or eaten as a starter.
Kebabs will include the lamb adana with with feta labneh, radicchio and pomegranate; chicken with aleppo chilli, hummus, and peppers; or hanger steak with cauliflower, cumin and chilli. Veggie options will include paneer with carrot and currants; or falafel with tomato, harissa and pistachio. Kebabs will be served with homemade flatbread and pickled chilli.
‘Non-babs’, meanwhile, include stone bass with winter tabbouleh or aubergine with tomato, kale and baba ganoush, and meze dishes span lamb bon bons to coal-baked sweet potato.
The Pen & Pencil’s Kevin Connor said: “This new concept, completely different from what we do at The Pen and Pencil, is all about the food. Everyone’s eaten a kebab, often on the way home from boozy nights out! These though will be special - fresh, vibrant and full of flavour.
"Our chefs have spent the last six months creating the menu: we’re going make our own bread, our own paneer and have some amazing cuts of meats and fish with homemade marinades and sides. I can’t wait to get open and show it to Manchester.”
For Mancunians wanting to be first on the BAB scene, they’ll be offering 50% BABs from 5-6 December. To qualify for 50% off, bookings must be made to eat in on either day through BAB@downatthesocial.co.uk.
Underneath BAB will be Honey Trap Club, a Berlin-inspired basement dive bar with no airs and graces! Think beer, shots of whisky, dirty cocktails and table football.